BGSU Votes

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
BGSU is a participating institution in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge and for the 2016 election received the Bronze Campus recognition for a voter participation rate of 50-59%.  For more information about the All In Campus Democracy Challenge visit:

National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement

BGSU has been part of a national study since 2012 to learn more about student registration and voting rates.  This study is coordinated by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tuft's University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.  

View BGSU's 2016 Report


VOTING 101 guide

Take this short survey to learn all about the process of voting.  By the end you will know

  • how to register,
  • have an action plan for when and where you want to vote, and
  • know more about nonpartisan resources to get informed about candidates and issues.

Volunteer With US!

See the position description for more details. Email Phil Rich at to express interest.



Voter Information Presentations

BGSU Votes representatives would be happy to attend a meeting to provide information about voting to your student organization or class.  The presentations can include information about how to register to vote, how to organize a registration drive as an organization event, and nonpartisan information about how to get informed about the candidates and issues.



BGSU Policy Guide

This guide has been created to aid student organizations and outside organizations to navigate BGSU policies related to voter engagement.

BGSU Policy Guide for Voter Engagement

On Campus Voter Identification Letter

As of September 10, 2017, on-campus student residents will have the ability to download a Voter Identification Letter via the MyBGSU Web Portal for voting in Wood County. Just print the letter and take it to the voting poll on Election Day in order to vote! Each Voter Identification Letter will expire 30 days after printing.

Log into your MyBGSU Web Portal, go to the Student Center, and find the section labeled, “Personal Information”. Click on the drop down box and choose the option that says, “Voter Identification Letter”.  If you do not have a current residence hall address, you will not be able to obtain a letter.   

Questions? Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011.

Frequently Asked Questions

An absentee ballot allows you to vote by mail.  If you are a registered voter, your local board of elections will send out an absentee ballot application and corresponding deadline to submit. They will then send you your ballot by mail and you complete it and send it back to your local board of elections.

If you did not get an absentee ballot by mail, you can request one online at Remember, you must be registered to request an absentee ballot.

If you are registered you can find your polling location using the state voter information website.

Early voting is a convenient option to cast your ballot before election day.  Many voters are out of town on election day, cannot make it to the hours of voting on election day because of work, or other extenuating circumstances.

Each county handles early voting differently.  Before the election, determine the early voting location and times in the county in which you are registered to vote.  For those of you registered in Bowling Green, the early voting location is a short walk from campus at the Wood County Courthouse (located in the building with tall clock tower near downtown Bowling Green, or 1 Court House Sq., Bowling Green, OH).

Students who live on campus must show photo ID as well as a proof of residency letter, which is accessible through Residence Life.

The identification necessary for students who live off campus is listed at this link

You can find the official address list on the Residence Life webpage: 

Yes, you will have to register using your address on campus or off campus address in Bowling Green.  

Many students decide to register to vote in the town they attend college/university.  As a student you have the right to register and vote in the place that you consider to be truly "home".  We recommend that you speak to your friends and family to help you make the decision about where you would like to vote.

Contact Us


Phil Rich

Position: Andrew Goodman Foundation
Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader, 2017-2018
Phone: 419-372-9865
Address: 100 University Hall


Meg Burrell

Position: Andrew Goodman Foundation
Vote Everywhere Ambassador, 2017-2018
Phone: 419-372-9865
Address: 100 University Hall

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